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Sergio Garcia looking to turn things around after girlfriend break up

Sergio Garcia is slowly re-focusing on golf again after the recent breakdown of his relationship with Greg Norman’s daughter Morgan-Leigh, the Spaniard said on Wednesday.

“I definitely feel much better, happier on the course and I’m definitely more looking forward to playing than maybe I was a month or two ago,” Garcia told reporters on the eve of the European Open at the London Club in Kent.

“I haven’t been hitting the ball well. I think it’s been a mix of probably being a little bit down and not really feeling like playing much.”

The couple broke up earlier this year and world number four Garcia said it briefly dulled his enthusiasm for golf and his appetite for practice.

“Obviously your head is not in the right place and you’re not thinking the right things, and that affects your game because your mentality is not where it should be,” said the 29-year-old.

“I practised hard but when your head is not where it should be, it doesn’t matter how much you practice because you are not thinking about what you are doing.”

Garcia won the Champions Tournament in Shanghai in November but has been out of sorts this year, with his last top-10 finish coming at the Qatar Masters in January.

However, the Spaniard said the people closest to him had helped him get back on track since the break-up.

“(My enthusiasm for golf) has been getting better slowly,” said Garcia. “My family and friends have really helped a lot, being around me and trying to make sure I am going the right way.

“I think you just get through things and it makes you stronger.”

On Monday, Garcia visited Turnberry, site of the third major of the season, and it stirred up his ambitions to lift the famous Claret Jug.

“Every time I get to the British Open I dream about the Claret Jug,” he said. “I’ve always said it, the British Open is my favourite major.

“I love it, I’ve been fortunate enough to have two or three good chances at it and I’m looking forward to having even more. Let’s see if I can get it at least once.”

Garcia is also keen to make amends for 2008 when he finished second at the London Club, seven strokes behind runaway winner Ross Fisher of Britain.

“It was a good tournament for me last year, unfortunately Ross played unbelievably,” he said.

“Hopefully I can have another good week. Let’s see if I can go one better.”


May 28, 2009

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